Android App Recommendations

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Collected here are suggestions for Android apps that some of our members have found useful, so perhaps you will to. All of these are available from the official Google Play Store unless noted otherwise.

For General Users

  • Aldiko - highly recommended e-book reader (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • Barcode Scanner - scan bar codes and QR codes (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • ColorNote - checklist app useful for such things as grocery lists (free) -- / April 2013
  • FBReader - another lean, fast, highly customizable, e-book reader. Also available for many other platforms, see www.fbreader.org (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • Flightradar -- shows real time location and route of commercial aircraft. Track the progress of your visitors. -- Norm / Aug 2013
  • GPS Status - shows current status when you enable GPS (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • LBE Privacy Guard - network monitor and firewall for android (nb. provides basic network monitoring on standard devices, requires jailbreak to provide advanced firewall features) (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • OpenSignal - maps cellular coverage, find Wi-Fi hotspots, test and improve your reception & get faster data (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2013
  • OruxMaps - a really nice map navigation app that works with both online network accessed, and offline cached maps, eg. for bushwalking. Use in conjunction with Mobac (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • SafeNotes -- is a notepad application that stores your notes in a secure manner using 128 bit encryption and provides quick & easy access using a simple pin number or a secret question/answer (can be used like a password instead of pin). Keep track of your passwords securely. -- Norm / Aug 2013
  • Speed Test -- for easy, one-tap connection testing. Check your wifi download and upload speeds. -- Norm / Aug 2013

Getting Technical

  • Wifi Analyzer - shows Wi-Fi channels around you to help find a less crowded channel for your wireless router (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012


Strictly for Geeks

  • ConnectBot - ssh client to provide a secure remote terminal connections to other computers (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • OS Monitor - system monitoring tools like top, vmstat, netstat for your device (free) -- Lawrie / Aug 2012
  • WiFiFileTransfer - lets you upload and download files to/from your phone or tablet over a wireless connection. Easy-to-use web interface, no USB cable needed. Norm / Aug 2013